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Dr. Parekh is an associate professor of emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and assistant dean for undergraduate medical education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed her residency in emergency medicine at Vanderbilt. She subsequently completed the American College of Emergency Physician’s Teaching Fellowship in 2009 and a Master of Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2021 where her thesis focused on measuring growth mindset in medical students. Dr. Parekh serves as the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for the Department of Emergency Medicine and oversees the departmental undergraduate medical education programming. As Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education Dr. Parekh directs the two-year post-clerkship curriculum and the Portfolio Coaching Program. She is also the Director-Elect for Vanderbilt’s Academy for Excellence in Education. Dr. Parekh was a member of the national Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency group as well as the American Medical Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Initiative. Dr. Parekh’s interests are in assessment, the transition to residency, coaching and the impact of motivation on learning.


Kendra Parekh, MD, MHPE

Vice Chair for Education
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

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